Puffy Letters: Foam vs. Faux Foam for CUSTOM VELCRO PATCHES | Forum

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diegoliottz Jun 4 '21

Take a look at these 2 ways in which you can accomplish loft in lettering as well as layouts, despite their dimension.

In reacting to the numerous on the internet forums, I am locating that of the greatest topics concerned is puffy letters. In general, individuals want to know just how to attain the look as well as exactly how to attend to the issues that doing so causes during manufacturing.

The objective is to give the letters or photo loft and to generate a clean photo as easily as possible. Nevertheless, the foam frequently reveals via the stitches, or creeps out the top or base of the groups of stitches.

The solution for the successful use foam for your puffed or 3-D result for CUSTOM VELCRO PATCHES begins with quality foam that likewise should coincide shade as your thread. You should run the thickness of your column or satin stitch heavy enough to perforate the foam. This works out to be concerning twice the density that you typically use. Your underlay ought to be restricted to a really tight side run to pierce the foam, a stitch length of about 1.0 mm or 10 points. This converts to a stitch that is less than half the regular size.

You should not utilize your software application's "Closest Join" function on your letters. This function, considered the best for pathing, means you will certainly have to go through the letter or photo using your running stitch in order to be closest to the following item. Those little running stitches via the facility of the foam will certainly bore it, causing the foam to divide.

If the font you are using does not enable you to bypass the Closest Join establishing for "As Digitized," then a second rug of a wide open, or light density layer, of a dual zigzag will hold the foam in position where it has actually split. You will make use of a dual zigzag to make sure that you can sew the rug from the top to bottom, going side to side to the initial side run, as well as continuing side to side back to the top where you began.

You do not want extra stitches from the underlay running through the facility of the foam, and also you want a stitch that is long enough to cover the whole width of the column.

Your letters need to be covered. Manuscript or Brush Script letters are perfect for this. Prevent straight edges that have lengthy stitches rather than needle infiltrations; you need needle penetrations right around the object. Topping the rounded letters to make sure that the foam does not slip out will certainly accomplish this.

The combination of a limited density column or satin stitch, brief stitches in your side run and also capped letters will make it possible for enough needle infiltrations to divide or perforate the foam around the side of the photo as well as enable its tidy removal. Nevertheless, after eliminating the foam, you must take a heat gun to the completed product in order to decrease the little bits of foam left as a deposit. Considering Image A in the affixed gallery, you will certainly see that part of the lettering (" A" and also "B") has actually been cleaned up, however the various other part (the letter "C") still needs job.


The foam works nicely on larger letters or pictures that have rounded sides, such as the Brush Script lettering in Image A. However, an embroiderer's greatest trouble is that clients increasingly are requesting this technique on smaller letters, or those that can not be capped as well as are not suitable for this technique. Trying to accomplish that loft in smaller sized letters or photos with foam or on a block letter alphabet is nearly difficult. At finest, it assures to be a labor-intensive process. The clean-up initiative makes it practically difficult to accomplish a beautiful image, as well as it certainly is not simple and easy. Moreover, the straight bottom of block letters leaves really popular, long stitches with foam revealed.

To make sure the 3-D look as well as a tidy photo, in addition to an easy manufacturing run, the best results will come with reliable use rugs rather than foam. If you have learned to make a 3-D column, or satin stitch, by attending to the default values in your underlays and customizing the default worths of thickness and size for a sewout, after that you're midway down the appropriate course.

By panning in carefully on the Marine symbol (Image B), you will see that there are small spaces in the column stitch edges that comprise the chain web link (Image C) rather than the usual tight sewing you see with foam. You likewise will certainly see that the center of the chain web link is completely sewn. This makes the facility reflect the light and also the outside of the chain link draw the light in, which creates a three-dimensional appearance. When taking a look at the completed item, the voids in the edge of the chain web links go away and end up being a shaded edge.

In the Marine symbol, we created the chain, guaranteeing each web link was properly positioned. Then, a padding was added using the dual zigzag. The thickness of the double zigzag underlay is.40 mm, or 40 points, the exact same density used in a totally stitched column or satin sew, as opposed to the light thickness default worth for rug.

This rug is generated towards the facility of the web link to make sure that it is about 75% of the width of the column stitch. The thickness of the overlying column stitch is then decreased to.75 mm, or 75 points, which is half the regular thickness. This opens the stitches to develop the shading on the side. So, with two clicks of the computer mouse-- one for the density as well as width of the padding as well as one for the thickness of the column sew itself-- you get a 3-D result that magnificently defines the chain with no requirement for an outline or foam.


When it comes to the lettering and also somewhat larger images, the trick coincides. Nonetheless, the thickness are increased to ensure the feel, as well as the appearance, of the loft space you need to duplicate foam.

In Image D, you see the sewn version of the same letters utilizing underlays as well as no foam. Notice the clean edges.

We will certainly begin by bringing up the letters from our checklist of alphabets, or programming them if you desire. Take terrific treatment not to backtrack through the letter or image to get from one indicate one more. This means the first section of the letter and its padding will go for once, before proceeding to the following section of the letter.

We will certainly once more work with double zigzag rug, but we will use it two times. The very first rug will certainly be the dual zigzag at a thickness of.30 mm, or 30 points. This is heavier than the application that was utilized on the chain, and at 60% of the letter's size (Image E). The second rug will, again, be the dual zigzag at the very same thickness. Nonetheless, this moment we will certainly broaden it so that it prolongs past the initial padding. It will certainly have to do with 80% of the width of the letter (Image F). The density of the overlying segments of the letter will certainly be at.60 mm, or 60 points, to produce the shaded impact.

The block letter version of this layout (Image G) also was finished with the very same densities and sizes. Once more, you will certainly see that this "artificial foam" technique provides your letters or photo loft as well as produces a clean image easily, even if the photos are also small and/or are unacceptable to use with foam.

So the next time a consumer crosses your door action with a difficult foam job, rather than fearing it, you can approve it with the assurance that you both will more than happy with the outcome.

Trying the foam and also synthetic foam techniques will hopefully provide you results that will certainly keep you and also your business on the top and up to speed on the most recent fads. Understanding that there is more than one means to attain the look will certainly place you ahead of your competitors as well as enable less hours at your embroidery machine at a much better return, and also more time to spend with your family and friends.